Public Safety

Berea College stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those peacefully demonstrating against police brutality across the country and around the world. As the first interracial and coeducational college in the slaveholding South in 1855, this moment calls for our support. Our history and our commitments demand it.


Public Safety’s mission is to provide for the safety of students, employees, and visitors through hazard mitigation, planning, response, and emergency notification to allow students and employees to learn and work safely and successfully, and to support Berea’s Great Commitments through our work and customer service.

Berea College Public Safety at ext. 3333 is the central point of contact for all matters related to the safety and health of the college community and all issues related to personal security and protection of property.

About Our Department

The Department of Public Safety provides 24-hour service to the campus, employing 16 full-time staff which includes a Director, two Team Leaders, Coordinator of Operations and Communications, seven Officers, four full-time Telecommunicators, a Security Systems Coordinator, and fifteen Student Associates who work 10 hours or more each week.  None are sworn law enforcement officials.  The department works closely with the Berea Police Department and other local law enforcement and emergency response and management agencies when appropriate and necessary.

Officers’ expertise includes law enforcement, criminal and accident investigation, security patrol and crime prevention, fire safety, hazardous materials, defensive driving, parking and traffic control, basic first aid, and CPR/AED.

Telecommunicators’ expertise includes APCO certification for Public Safety Telecommunication, basic first aid, and CPR/AED.

Public Safety is located inside Woods-Penniman on the first floor.  Dispatchers are on duty at the office 24 hours a day to answer calls for assistance and information.  The department also has maps and brochures available with general information on the College and College Square businesses.

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (Clery Act)

The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act signed into law in November 1990, requires that all institutions of higher education report annually to students and employees on specific campus crime statistics and security policies and procedures.  This report meets the requirements of that law and demonstrates compliance with the Federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989 to the Higher Education Act of 1965.  This report can be accessed under the Statistics and Reports tab on our menu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  • How do I reach Public Safety?  Public Safety can be reached 24/7 at (859)985-3333 for emergency and non-emergency calls.  For non-emergencies, you can also email
  • Where can I park?  Please follow this link for more information on parking on Campus! Parking Information
  • How do I report crimes or suspicious activity?  (859)985-3333 reaches Public Safety at any time.  For serious emergencies, dial 911! Report A Crime